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How to get a job
 in New Zealand

Despite demand in many areas, employment in New Zealand is not overflowing and lots of determination is necessary to get one. So get ready to fight. If you would like to be successful, focus on your ideal. Do not be intimidated in receiving many "no". You may have to send many many Cvs for a while. It is important not to stay very close with people who do not want or need to work. One good way is to network and make Kiwi friends, so it will increase the number of people you know there and who might be interested in your skills. One of the biggest mistakes is to send only one CV and keep waiting for the answer. The tip is is not sending one, but try several jobs with several CVs, for example, at least 15 per week and also do not forget to go back to places where you applied and received a no before. Kiwis appreciate the dedication and persistence. For those looking for an job a suggestion is to visit companies, ask for interviews or just talk to the manager. State your interest and leave your business card with address and contact details. An old adage says, "he who seeks finds," and is why you should keep in mind when looking for a job in New Zealand. As the Kiwis themselves say ... "Never give up".

The competition is hard for jobs in New Zealand in any area and industry, even for those jobs in demand. You will need to be prepared in order to stand out over any other candidates for the same position. The knowledge, study, work experience in the role, and your level of written and spoken English, may be the difference to get the job or not.  After all, would you hire a person in your company who did not speak your language or speak not properly?


If you have a good level of English, you may plead functions in various types of organizations, even without much experience. Of course, the salary for a non-expert will be much lower than for a specialists. Without a good level of English, what remains are jobs with lower wages. Remember that it is ok to speak with an accent . It is impossible to work in a garage for example, without knowing the name of car parts and tools to fix it. 


Another very important item in your quest is to how to be found by your future boss. In New Zealand, about 80% of first contact for a job is done by telephone. In newspapers, the majority of unskilled jobs advertised or pertinent to a particular industry, will simply have a phone to contact, and probably those who will answer your call, will be the boss himself. It will depend a lot on your ability to explain you experience or intentions by phone. If this communication is satisfactory, you may be asked to come for further talks. On that day you should take your CV (Résumé) and hand to the employer / interviewer. After that, you will wait for a response, so having a good contact phone number, whether fixed line or mobile is essential, (as well as having credit for receiving a message - and do not forget to leave a nice recorded message). Punctuality when attending an interview will also counts.

Your Curriculum showing your working skills and previous experience in a particular function, are a crucial point to defeat a competitor. Kiwis are very technical and focused on a single specialization. It's no use to ask to  Kiwi carpet layer to do floor tiles. In case you do not have any kind of skill or previous experience of work, think about what you could put on your resume, something that you've already done in the past. If you have good problem-solving skills, include it, or if you have good sense of humor, enjoy working with the public, or have excellent manual dexterity, or you are in excellent  physically condition and able to lift heavy things, put them all. Any positive thing that differentiates you from someone else, is a plus in your favor. Remember that for many jobs  university degree may not have the slightest importance. What is important is the experience or what skill you could transfer to it.

Your presentation is very important, despite most kiwis are informal and have total freedom on how to dress or present themselves, green hair, purple, piercings, tattoos, can disturb and may not be accepted. It is very different from the way that many Kiwis wear in various types of work. In some companies and depending on the type of work they may have strict rules about dressing. A person well cared for, well dressed and with nice shoes, and especially with good manners, will draw more attention for most employers, other than a relaxed way. It is a matter of common sense and judgment, to know what type of clothing would be appropriate for that particular interview and function. Tip: put a BandAid if you have a very visible tattoo or piercing in your interview.

  Interviews should be taken very seriously, and use all your politeness and good manners. It's a decisive moment to get a job and you do not want to waist the opportunity. Always Include in your conversation expressions such as Excuse me, Please, Thank you, May I, Can I, Sorry, those are magic words that demonstrate education and should be used and abused in your favor, especially if your competitor is a Kiwi. Try to stay serious and focused, not much gesturing, smiling or not the situation is ripe for such. Kiwis lead the work they perform very seriously, and this is the kind of attitude that will require of you. Try not to talk much, but to think how their work can be useful to that company, and on their attendance to work. Limit yourself to answer the questions with the utmost sincerity. Remember the international fame of the Kiwi "Give it a Go" where a Kiwi asked if know how to fly the plane, probably say no, but that "will" try as best as possible. This is the kind of attitude that will wait for you. Tip: train in front of the mirror.

Looking for work in NZ can be done through newspapers, employment agencies online, word of mouth, advertisements in shop windows and doors of restaurants, factories, etc. It is important to know that not all jobs are offered in the newspapers, and some jobs may be advertised only in their specific industry publications or agencies. Doctors, IT, Architecture, works on farms, and many others use specific media. Newspapers sometimes publish few but the bulk of the offers are not always there. Below is a summary of where to find a listing for your situation, but be in mind that personal references will increase much more your chances.

Health Profissionais and realted suchas Nursing and Destistry.
Search in online employment agencies specializing in health and regulatory agencies officials (unions) as well as corporate websites. Note: The number of offers in newspapers are irrelevant.
Engineering, Architecture, IT, Biology, Veterinary, Agriculture, and other technical or administrative  jobs.
Search at online employment agencies and specializing in the industry. You may find offers in newspapers but the best is to look for in specialized recruitment agencies.
Technical Areas, Management, Tourism, Industry, Construction.
To these types of work, the Journal now has more ads, but specialized employment agencies still have a large share of jobs offered.
   Administrative and Office Support
The local newspaper may show most of the jobs but look also in employment agencies specializing and recruitment agencies.
Hospitality - in Restaurants, Cafes, Bartender, Chef, Retail, Hotels etc ...
The newspaper  has most of the ads, but look for ads in the windows of stores and shops  Some agencies are specialized in providing hospitality opportunities. Try alos to cols calls and knocking on the door of establishment and leaving your CV, it works well. 
Farm work - it has especialized agenciesand websites or you may contact direclty the farmers.

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